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Cap'n Jack's Restaurant: Downtown Disney's Overlooked Dining Location

Andrew Rossi

When it comes to dining at Downtown Disney, I have a certain group of restaurants that are my favorites which I tend to go to again and again. On a recent trip to Downtown Disney, however, I decided to try a restaurant that I have never even set foot in despite the countless times I have walked past it or seen it from across the lake. Cap'n Jack's Restaurant certainly does not have the name recognition of some of the other dining locations at Downtown Disney and curiously, amongst my friends, family, and coworkers, no one I talked to had ever dined there either; all I really knew about it was that it is primarily a seafood restaurant.

Signage

With the wide variety of dining choices at Downtown Disney, Cap'n Jack's seems to get overlooked. However, sometimes these lesser-known restaurants can surprise you and turn out to be some of the best. Given the restaurant's relative obscurity, I was very curious to finally give it a try, especially since I am the type of person always willing to try something new.

Restaurant Exterior1

Overview:
The area that is now the Downtown Disney Marketplace actually dates all the way back to March 22, 1975 when the area first opened as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village. The area was first promoted as a "restful shopping atmosphere similar to a New England seaside village” and included a wine cellar, tobacco shop, pharmacy, pet store, and small kiosks to watch craftspeople make candles, pottery and candy. If you look closely at the design of the buildings in the Marketplace section of Downtown Disney, you can still see remnants of that original seaside village theme and, of course, no seaside village would be complete without a seafood restaurant.

I never realized this, but Cap'n Jack's was one of the original restaurants at the Shopping Village when it opened in 1975, making it one of the older dining locations in all of Disney World. Being a Disney history buff, this gave me much more respect for the restaurant knowing that it had been around for that long. While numerous other restaurants at Downtown Disney have come and gone, Cap'n Jack's has withstood the test of time, so clearly they have to be doing something right.

Atmosphere:
The first thing that really stands out about Cap'n Jack's is its location; the restaurant literally sits right on top of the water. Its shape and location give the restaurant an appearance similar to that of Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian.

Restaurant Exterior2

Restaurant Exterior3

Once you have entered Cap'n Jack's the atmosphere is quintessential nautical New England. The hardwood floors and wood-paneled walls set the tone for the dining room, but the theming is taken even further with all the little details of the décor.

Jack's Dining Room1

All around the restaurant you will find various bits of seafaring and nautical touches, ranging from ship's wheels, compasses, and other navigational equipment to lobster traps.

Nautical Theming1

Nautical Theming2

Along the walls of the dining room are numerous black and white photographs and paintings of sailing vessels, steamships, and lighthouses, all of which lend an added degree of authenticity to the dining experience. There were certainly elements of the dining room that reminded me of seafood restaurants I have been to back home in Rhode Island.

Nautical Painting

Lighthouse Painting

The only element that betrayed the theming of the restaurant was the music that was playing. I found it odd that despite the New England-style décor the music was predominantly tropical. I entered the restaurant hearing Jimmy Buffett singing Margaretville and throughout the course of my meal there was various calypso, reggae, and other Caribbean-sounding music. One song I heard that I found to be both a funny and ironic twist on the restaurant's theme was “Come Sail Away” by Styx.

The real allure of the restaurant, however, rests not in its nautical décor but with the tremendous views offered from its numerous windows. As noted earlier, the restaurant juts out into the lake, which means that the dining room's circular shape offers great panoramic views from all sides of Downtown Disney and Saratoga Springs. In addition, the tables are positioned in such a way that no matter where you sit you will have a good view outside.

View1

View2

The overall feel of the restaurant is casual and laid-back. The dining room even features a large bar that makes the perfect place to come and enjoy a drink while taking in the beautiful views.

Jack's Dining Room2

It is certainly a restaurant that can be enjoyed by families travelling with smaller children, but also by adults. In this way, Cap'n Jack's offers a nice alternative for those in the mood for seafood but looking for something a little more family-friendly and relaxing than Fulton's Crab House located just across the lake.

The Menu:
Originally being from New England I love all types of seafood, so I was excited to see what Cap'n Jack's menu had to offer. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with the selection. I found the menu to be pretty straight forward, featuring many standard seafood dishes with nothing too exotic or extreme.

There were not too many appetizer offerings to choose from and they included Peel N' Eat Shrimp for Two ($13.99) served with cocktail sauce, Smoked Trout Fillet with Horseradish Cream ($8.99), Spinach & Artichoke Dip ($7.49), a Mixed Greens Salad ($5.49) with a choice of ranch dressing or papaya vinaigrette, Hearty Vegetable Soup ($3.99), and New England Clam Chowder ($5.49).

Because I went during lunchtime, there are some offerings that are only available during the day. These sandwiches provide some additional choices to a menu that is not too large. The lunch options include an Open-Faced Crab Cake Melt Sandwich ($18.99) served on top of garlic focaccia bread topped with tomato, tartar sauce, and melted provolone, a Cajun Tilapia Sandwich ($12.99) on a toasted hoagie roll with a house-made tartar sauce, topped with sliced tomato and onion, an Open-Faced Chicken Parmesan Sandwich ($13.99) on top of garlic focaccia bread, a Pot Roast Sandwich ($12.99) served on a toasted garlic hoagie roll and topped with onions and melted provolone cheese, and a Tuna Nicoise Sandwich ($11.49) which includes white albacore tuna mixed with potato, green beans, eggs and a vinaigrette dressing served on a croissant with sliced tomato, onion, and lettuce.

The rest of the items on the menu are available for both lunch and dinner and consist of primarily seafood offerings. However, being originally from New England and having been exposed to so many varieties of seafood dishes while living there, I was very disappointed with the limited scope and diversity of the menu.

The entrée offerings include Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($24.99) with Cajun mustard aioli, green asparagus tips, and roasted garlic red skin potatoes, Roast Chicken Breast ($18.99) with sherry wine sauce, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, Citrus Shrimp Salad ($15.99) that includes assorted greens, marinated shrimp, papaya, apple, and tomato with a citrus vinaigrette, a Baked Salmon Fillet ($19.99) with citrus-caper butter sauce, buttered steamed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables, a Baked Tilapia Filet ($19.99) with a cool mango salsa, rice pilaf, and seasonal vegetables, Caesar Salad with Blue Crab Meat ($15.99), with Grilled Chicken Breast ($12.99), with Salmon Fillet ($16.49), or with Shrimp ($14.49), Penne Pasta Alfredo ($13.99), with blue crab meat ($19.99), with grilled chicken breast ($19.99), or with Shrimp ($18.99), Old Fashioned Beef Pot Roast ($17.99) with onion ragout, red-skin mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables, and Shrimp and Penne Pasta ($19.99) in a creamy lobster sauce.

The dessert offerings are limited and fairly uninspired. Among the choices are a Double Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream ($5.99) drizzled with Caramel Sauce and Raspberry Sauce, Key Lime Pie ($5.49), White Chocolate Raspberry New York Cheesecake ($5.49), and a Fresh Fruit Salad ($4.99). I would much rather pass on dessert altogether here and head to the nearby Ghirardelli Soda Fountain for one of their delicious sundaes.

For an appetizer I decided to try the New England Clam Chowder. I am very picky when it comes to chowder and have had it in more restaurants than I can count. The chowder at Cap'n Jack's was not bad, but it was certainly not something to write home about; there was nothing really special about it that made it stand out. I prefer my chowder to be a little on the thicker side and this one was a little thin, but it still had a nice creamy flavor. While the chowder had a generous amount of clams and potatoes, they were chopped up into very small pieces. Personally, I think having larger pieces of potato and clams in chowder allows you to enjoy their flavors more because they stand out and don't get lost in the flavor of the broth.

Clam Chowder

A big test for me when it comes to chowder is how much pepper I need to add. The best chowders are those that can stand alone by themselves and don't need any pepper for extra flavor. The chowder at Cap'n Jack's was just a little bland and I needed to add a bit of pepper to kick it up a notch.

For my entrée I decided on the Open-Faced Crab Cake Melt Sandwich. This dish is really a sandwich in name only as it would be difficult to eat without the assistance of a knife and fork. I was happy to find that this dish was much more flavorful than the chowder. To start, the focaccia bread was toasted to a nice golden brown so that it was crispy on top but still soft inside. The bread was flavored with herbs and garlic, but I did not find these to be too strong so as to overpower the crab cake. Instead, the focaccia paired very well with the crab cake while also providing a nice contrast in texture.

Crab Cake Melt

The crab cake itself was very good. I have had crab cakes elsewhere that combine so many other ingredients with the crab that they actually start to take away from the crab's flavor. This was not the case here. Not only did the crab cake have nice-sized chunks of crabmeat, but it was also extremely moist. I was not sure how the provolone cheese was going to pair with the crab cake and was scared that it might be too strong and overpower the crab. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the flavor of the cheese actually went along very well with the crab. The only part of the sandwich that I did not care for was the tomato that topped the crab cake; its flavor just stood out too much and took away from that of the crab.

Overall, I was pleased with my meal. Was it the best meal that I have ever had at Disney? No, but I would not say it was bad by any means. However, I do feel that the restaurant is missing a golden opportunity by not offering a wider array of seafood dishes. The menu is very simple and if I am really in the mood for seafood there are several other restaurants at Disney World that I would go to before coming back here because of their more diverse offerings.

Service:
The one thing that stood out most about the service at Cap'n Jack's was how slow it was. I did not have a reservation but was still seated right away, which was great especially considering that it was a Saturday afternoon. Once I was seated, however, it was a very long time before my server ever came to my table. This was a constant theme throughout the course of the meal. It took a long time for me to get my drink, my appetizer, my entrée, and my bill at the end of the meal. I really cannot understand why the service was so slow either because the restaurant was not exactly crowded. I am all for having a calm and relaxing meal when I go out to eat, but this was bordering on being unbearable. If you are in a rush and looking for a quick meal, this is definitely not the restaurant for you.

Dining on a Budget:
One positive thing about Cap'n Jack's menu is that all the dishes are fairly reasonable by Disney standards. If going for lunch the sandwiches are an especially good value. If you have your heart set on crab cakes, I would definitely recommend getting the sandwich for lunch as it is $6 cheaper than the crab cake meal and is still very filling. Even other items like the Citrus Shrimp Salad for $15.99 or the Caesar Salad with Shrimp for $14.49 are a good deal. It is prices like these that make Cap'n Jack's an alternative if you are at Downtown Disney, in the mood for seafood, but do not necessarily want to have an expensive meal at Fulton's Crab House.

Cap'n Jack's does participate in the Disney Dining Plan and is worth one table service credit for both lunch and dinner. In addition, Annual Passholders receive a 10% discount for lunch as do Disney Vacation Club members. Cap'n Jack's also participates in Tables in Wonderland, offering its members a 20% discount.

The Overall Experience:
This was my first ever experience with Cap'n Jack's and, while I am glad that I tried it at least once, I have other restaurants at Downtown Disney that I enjoy much more. However, if you have a situation where you are looking for somewhere to eat at Downtown Disney and there are long waits at all of the restaurants, Cap'n Jack's lesser-known status makes it easier to get a table. This is probably the only way that I would find myself eating at Cap'n Jack's again; this is not a restaurant that I would specifically plan a trip to Downtown Disney to go an eat at.

The restaurant has a lot of nice things about it, such as its beautiful location right out on the water and its charming New England nautical theme, but there are other aspects that leave more to be desired (such as the menu needing a complete makeover). One of the great things about Disney World is that there are so many different dining locations available, so even if you try Cap'n Jack's and find that it is not quite to your liking there are several other restaurants across property that specialize in seafood available for you to try.

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Comments (32)

Michelle:

Great blog, Andrew! I always look forward to your reviews, although they always make me hungry! Ironically, your description of the simple menu has made me decide to try Cap'n Jack's next trip to Disney. As an Irish girl, who also grew up in RI, I tend to like my food a bit more simple. Sometimes the fanciness of the Disney menus scares me off a bit. I can at least understand what the desserts are here! LOL Thanks for the info!

Claire Gregory:

Hi Andrew

Great review! I remember going to Capn Jacks back on our first trip to Disney in 1978 and we've been going there ever since. I agree, we had a similar experience to yours 2 years ago when we were there, but went back last November and had a wonderful meal. So maybe with the service issues it depends on who's working that day? For our family, the peel and eat shrimp have always been the star of their menu. They are wonderful!!

For me it brings back wonderful memories with family and I'm always worried that one of these days Cap'n Jacks will disappear from the map, I hope that never happens. But I think their menu suffered, like a lot of other WDW restaurants, from the Dining Plan, and has gone through quite a few changes in the last few years. I'm ever hopeful that they will bring back more seafood too (we go to Cape Cod every summer so I know what you mean about the clam chowder).
Thanks again, and good eating around the World!
Claire

MIke Venere:

Thanks for the review. I myself also have walked past this numerous times and wondered......

If stuck in a situation maybe I will give it a try, but since we usually book our vacations long in advance and pick our dining locations, I will stick with the seafood places that we know are a hit.

Joni:

We use to go there in the late 80's early 90's with my son and the entrance to Capt'n Jacks use to house Chef Mickeys I am not sure if it was just a lounge or not but my son use to get these kiddie cocktails in a red plastic mug that said Chef Mickeys on them (had a few for a long time but sadly are all gone now) The drinks had a colored rack candy stick in them. This was way cool for a little guy and before the glow cubes ever came out. It was a nice time to rest and get cool.

Craig:

I have a couple of minor disagreements with your blog: You start off by saying you knew in advance this was a seafood restaurant, and you later complain that they should offer more seafood options. While I agree that, like most other mid-range Disney restaurants, the menu here is limited, I think you started off with the wrong expectation, and still haven't realized it. While yes, this restaurant offers seafood, it isn't necessarily "a seafood restaurant." They have a little bit of everything for a variety of tastes.

Also, people shouldn't expect that the service is always as slow as your one-time experience. I have lunch here several times a year, and have never had the slow service you describe.

My wife and I have gone to Cap'n Jack's two or three times, and will more than likely go there again. You are right about the menu being a bit limited, however, we do like the atmosphere and the views from virtually everywhere in the restaurant. It's funny that you mention the music. Styx is my favorite band and I've noticed "Come Sail Away" playing each time we've been there...sweet! Luckily, our service has never been a problem, and the food was good each time. Looking forward to our next trip to Disney and just maybe a lunch at Cap'n Jack's (has always been dinner for us so far).

~Mike

Angela:

I found your article to be very informing and in my opinion I think the reason why the restaurant, may have such a diverse menu is accomodate the diverse amount of people coming through Disney everyay.

Although, I have never eaten at Cap'n Jack's, I can agree that the menu definitely needs more a variety of seafood. Now I have eaten at Fulton's Crab House and the food there was pretty good but I do not believe they give you enough food for the amount of money you pay for your food.

Alex :

I just ate at Cap'n Jack's for the first time as well on Monday. The food is affordable and it tasted good. I had the Caesar Salad and the Salmon entree. The service was actually pretty fast while I was there. The menu is very limited though. And, I have to agree while the food is good, there much more enjoyable restaurants in Downtown Disney.

Dary:

Sadly, this is a Disney Restaurant that has declined...severly...over the years. My first dining expirience at Cap'n Jack's was in 1994. On that trip, and the one the year after, it was called Cap'n Jack's Oyster Bar, and the seafood offerings were MUCH better than they have been in the past few years. We dined there, and enjoyed the wonderful views as we sat upon the lake as a thunderstorm passed. The colors from the sky were nothing short of amazing, and something about the sun at that time of day seemed to illuminate the dining room, playing off of the dark woods and brass. And the food was impeccable. We enjoyed a whole pound of peel and eat shrimp, as well as oysters Rockefeller for the four of us as our appetizers, and our entrees were whole stuffed Maine lobsters...1 1/2 pounds, with red potatoes and some kind of vegetable. The soup we chose was a she-crab soup, and we each had a Ceasar salad. Desert was chocolate fudge cake. Honestly, Cap'n Jack's made the "Must Do" list for us back then, and we did it for 2 or 3 years after that, but sadly, times have changed.

Lobsters have been replaced my Pot Roast sandwiches, and shellfish appetizers have been replaced by frozen cheese sticks. I will not get into why...but needless to say, this particular spot has suffered the same fate that many Disney restaurants have in the past few years...and I sincerely miss what it was.

Just one Disney fan's impression.

Martha Tischler:

Thanks for the heads up Andrew. I'm also a finicky Chowdah eater. My favorite spot is always Columbia House in Magic Kingdom. Both the thick & hearty soup and atmosphere can't be beat. I try to be there when it opens for lunch so I can grab a window seat in the area that overlooks the walkway from Fantasyland to Liberty Corner. Perfection!
Martha

george:

Your review was spot on. Which is sad because this place has so much potential. Believe it or not the pot roast is actually very good, and the only reason I go back.

Lise:

My family tried to eat at Captain Jack's a couple of years ago, however we had to leave without ever trying the food. One of our family members has celiac and is on a strict gluten free diet. The server was unable to assist in identifying what menu items were gluten free, and the chef was unable to come to speak to us. This has NEVER happened at any other Disney restaurant. The chef always comes and speaks to us as soon as we identify a food intolerance. We would never try this restaurant again.

Michael Seigworth:

always like the food reviews. I ate at Capn Jacks loong ago on a trip and said I wouldn't go back. Id put on par w T-Rex. Id go to Fulton's for seafood, although its been a long time since I was there also.
Stick w Raglan Rd for downtown dining

Paul Richards:

As someone else remarked about Captain Jacks, this was THE place to go a while back. I used to always visit Walt Disney Village as I think it was called years ago. And I always enjoyed Captain Jacks. I remember a great salmon dish there made in parchment. As other folks mentioned, the restaurant has a great "water" vibe with pleasant views. At least the restaurant is still there - unlike the Adventurers Club.

dusty cheatham:

Have dined 3 times in the last 10 years! ONLY because I could not get in anywhere else. Slow service every time, food bland to just not good. Will never eat here again. Not worth it. To be frank from hostess to server to cook no one seemed intrested in my business.

Jane:

I have had chowder all up and down the East Coast and I found Cap't Jack's chowder to be one of my favorites. I had the blue crab Caesar salad which was great! Service was great (5 of us during lunch in late June)
We are returning to WDW in December and will definitely eat here again. Too bad that you did not have the same experience that we did.

Bill:

I have to agree with Alex. Years ago, this was our favorite restaurant in DTD. The bar you photographed in the middle was where two steam ovens used to reside. You could order a hot bucket of steamers and other fresh steamed delicacies. It was wonderful. We don't go there anymore.

Kris:

We've gone there a few times the past couple years because despite the limited menu, they get those crab cakes RIGHT! That's pretty much all we order, since the first time we went there on Marathon Weekend 2011 the chef walked out of the back with them and said "Just finished them up, thought I'd bring them out myself!" Being a New Englander, too, I tend to pass on "chowdahs" at restaurants because usually no one can make it as good as home made!
We've been using the dining plan when we go, so the dessert has been included in our meals- got the fruit salad once and either the fridge was too cold or it was just frozen fruit, but it wasn't very appetizing, which was unfortunate, but the rest of the meal and the service was great. You can't beat the view of Downtown Disney. My parents had gone there when it was Cap'n Jack's Oyster Bar many moons ago (I don't remember it, but they claim I went, too...) and they were slightly disappointed in the lack of offerings now, but were still impressed by the service and their entrees. Can't wait for more crab cakes and margaritas!

Beth Hood:

My family of 4 ate at Capn Jacks in 2010. We had a wonderful experience! Our waitress was a very nice older lady. She gave extra special attention to our little boys! The food was good. I remember the crabcake was excellent (as I was born and raised in Maryland). It was nice dining right on the water!

art:

IMHO, Cap'n Jacks is the second worst restaurant at WDW next to Nine Dragons @ EPCOT. Tried it the first time and said this is bad. Gave them a second chance and said this is terrible. Forced to go a third time with friends who had never been before but heard how "great" . Put Capt'n Jacks was (I warned them) and it was horrible. Service can not be as bad as this place continues to exhibit and stay in business unless you have a captive audience like WDW

Stephen:

I a big fan of Down Town Disney and I have eaten at Cap'n Jacks , I've been going there since 1996 and have noticed that the food has gone from fresh to seems to be ready made frozen out of box buy at your local grocery.

The service is still great the servers and hosts still have good customer service skills. I know it is tough to run a restaurant. profit is a big motivator, if the foods is common, people do not come in and it doesn't matter what you serve. You cannot go on the DISNEY reputation, the public will catch on

Iris:

In 1999 we had the same experience that you have described.
The food was alright and the service slower than mosasses. Why is that? It cannot be that they have not been told. Too bad.

Michele:

I totally agree with your review. I first ate here back in the mid1980's and thought it was great. Had some great seafood and thoroughly enjoyed the view. We ate here again maybe 2 or 3 years ago. Despite the nearly empty restaurant the service though pleasant was painfully slow. As I sat there I was rewriting the menu in my head. There was hardly any seafood offerings. The menu was very limited and somewhat boring. It is a beautiful restaurant, it is a shame that even the theming doesn't match. Decor,music,menu, all disjointed. This restaurant is crying out for some attention.

Lorraine Fleck:

I remember this restaurant from the original Walt Disney Village, and always made it a point to eat here. They had awesome clam chowder, a fabulous mussel appetizer, and the best strawberry margaritas. Sadly, the menu has changed, and not for the better. We last ate here a few years ago. My daughter also has celiac disease, and there are few options in this category. We were on the DDP, and the only thing they could make for her was a larger size portion of the kids chicken dinner, and it wasn't good. I doubt I'll ever eat here again, and I certainly miss the old Captain Jack's.

Dave:

I could be wrong, but I don't believe this location always housed Cap't Jacks. If memory serves, this location back in the 70s and 80s was the Village Restaurant (I don't believe that was the exact name), which later became Chef Mickeys.

Joe:

Ate there last summer, also was there back in the mid-90s...it looks the same now as I remember back then. It needs refreshing. Food is okay...no real complaints but also nothing that really stood out. Service was slow in general and despite having a reservation we still had to wait 45 minutes. No real explanation or apologies from them for that. The waiting area is small and obviously a complete afterthought.

Jennifer:

On our last day at WDW, we checked out of our hotel and took the boat from POR to DTD. Did some quick shopping and decided to use our last table credit at Captain Jacks. We had plenty of clock time to eat, hop back on the boat to POR and (sadly) board the magical express back home. We had no reservations and got a table right away, but you were spot on with the service! Food was fine but everything coming was a big wait- menus, drink order, drink delivery, etc etc etc. We went in on an "off lunch" hour (2:30) and didn't get out until nearly 2 hrs later (with a restless 9 yr old and 5 yr old twins)! Needless to say, we were just on time getting back to the resort to board the bus-whew! Was nothing special and due to the service, probably won't go back on our next visit. Glad to see I wasnt the only one with the poor service!

Gina Cerasuolo:

In response to the post by Alex, you summed it up beautifully. This restaurant has probably seen the greatest decline in it's menu, it's service and unfortunately, it's patrons. I remember always having to wait for a table and now you have your pick. As you said, at it's peak, it was a true Oyster Bar. It was a must do on each trip. Sadly, that is no longer the case.

Mackenzie D.:

I have to put a plug in for Cap'n Jacks! My family generally ends up at T-Rex (we're all adults, but animatronic dinosaurs? we can't resist!), but every now and again we head to Cap'n Jacks. We've loved it every time. We've had great service every time, and while some people may find the menu limited, I found it great! I have a lot of food allergies, and their menu has a LOT of basics on it that come together in a great meal for someone with allergies! They are also wonderful on birthdays. If you call ahead, you can get an amazing, delicious, beautifully personalized birthday cake free of allergens! Cap'n Jacks isn't my number one restaurant at Disney World, but it's always been good to me ;)

Christy:

Just wanted to clarify about the Old Chef Mickey's being at the location Cap'n Jack is in. Chef Mickey's used to be in the spot where the Rainforest Cafe is.

Linda Roberts:

Cap'n Jack's was our first Disney restaurant 2 years ago on our first trip to Disney. As we booked restaurants from home, its beautiful setting put it on our list.

We went for dinner and we were impressed. We were seated by a window and it felt like we were right on the water. The server was amazing. She made sure that my "picky eater" was happy with her choice and was very attentive to us. Our meals were good. Actually although the desserts sound simple my daughter and husband shared a chocolate cake and said it was very good, the fruit comes in what looks like the large fruit bowl you put on your kitchen table, fresh and big selection, my son and I shared one, it would be a lot to get through on your own after a big meal.

We are going back to Disney in the summer, we are not planning to go back to Cap'n Jack's only because there are so many restaurants we want to try and only so much time.

Tim Whitcher:

I worked for WDW at the Village Restaurant from 1980 till 1987 which was where the Rain Forest Café is now). Used to help out at Captain Jacks.

Looks pretty much the same all these years later!

The menu used to be even more sparse, as it was mainly a raw bar back then. Oysters, clams, clam chowder, peel and eat shrimp, ceviche. Everything else was microwaved, like the mussels marinara. Dessert was key lime pie and chocolate silk pie.

The "kitchen" area was quite small, probably 10' x 14'. There used to be a shop at the entrance. That was closed and the kitchen was expanded (long after I left, probably sometime in the early to mid-90s).

Thanks for the memories.

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